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Shocking malnutrition rates at refugee camps in Cameroon

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Refugees from the war in the Central African Republic are facing another deadly foe: malnutrition. A UN World Food Programme (WFP) report says screenings at refugee camps in Cameroon "suggest global acute malnutrition rates surpassing 25 percent."

The malnutrition is most severe for children under the age of five. They have less resistance and the lack of nutrients is likely to cause lasting physical and mental damage.

Around 80,000 war victims have fled Central African Republic to find refuge in Cameroon. They have lost everything and depend entirely on the support of humanitarian agencies. WFP is providing special nutritional products to families, especially to children. However, they are facing severe hunger at refugee camps as relief funds are low.

WFP says without immediate funding it "will be unable to respond to the dire situation." Around US $ 15 million is needed for refugee operations in Cameroon. WFP relies entirely on voluntary donations.

The war in Central African Republic has also caused a refugee crisis in several other countries as well.

WFP has set up a donation page for the Central African Republic crisis.